Advanced Technical Credit

  • Students in grades 9-12 in public high schools in Texas can begin earning college credit toward a certificate or degree by enrolling in ATC courses. Reach out to your school CTE director or counselor to find out if your school offers ATC courses.

    To qualify for college credit through the ATC Program while still in high school:

    • Select ATC courses that align with your college degree goals as part of your high school graduation plan.
    • Complete ATC courses as a junior or senior to receive college credit. A college may elect to award credit for a course taken in grades 9 and 10, but the final course in the sequence must be taken in grades 11 or 12.
    • Earn an 80% or better in each course in an ATC-designated course sequence, including the ATC course and its prerequisite courses, to earn college credit.
    • ATC courses will be designated with the letter “A” to denote “articulated credit” on your high school transcript.
    • Ask your CTE director or counselor about earning a performance acknowledgement for all ATC courses completed with a minimum grade of 80%. A performance acknowledgement on your diploma and transcript recognizes outstanding performance in a dual-credit course; on a college advanced placement test or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, ACT; for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license; or for bilingualism and biliteracy.